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Song of Dewey Beard


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1. Origins and Family
2. Growing Up
3. Little Bighorn
4. Canada
5. Wounded Knee
6. Cody
7. Fox Belly
8. Pine Ridge
9. Gunnery Range
10. Last Man Standing
11. American Horse Creek
12. The Song of Dewey Beard

About the Author

Philip Burnham is an associate professor of composition at George Mason University and a former reporter for Indian Country Today. He is the author of So Far from Dixie: Confederates in Yankee Prisons and Indian Country, God's Country: Native Americans and the National Parks.


"The remarkable Dewey Beard was a man who seemed to live forever - old enough to have fought at the Little Bighorn in 1876, its last survivor when he finally died in 1955. What the old-time Lakota were like, and what they lived through in those seventy years, is the subject of Philip Burnham's original, bracing, touching, surprising, and vigorously written book. Take note; this is something we have never seen before: a serious, and sometimes funny, and often dramatic, and always interesting account of a Lakota life after the buffalo were gone. That's where the story usually stops. Burnham lets Beard tell us what happened next." - Tom Powers, author of The Killing of Crazy Horse "By scouring the archives and conducting personal interviews, Phillip Burnham has helped clarify the historical record, teasing out new information and dispelling lingering myths. Song of Dewey Beard is a thoroughly researched, well-written, and engaging book." - Akim Reinhardt, author of Ruling Pine Ridge: Oglala Lakota Politics from the IRA to Wounded Knee

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